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Back Flip Belly to Back

To tie in with the other transitions from your back to your belly and vice versa, the Belly to Back Back Flip transition uses a different set of skills than the barrel roll moves. While the flips are slightly more challenging than the barrel rolls, this skill will help you understand the correct use of the airflow on your body, an important aspect of learning to Free Fly.

To learn to so this transition you should be stable and aware in both Belly Flying and Back Flying orientations. It’s not necessary, but ideal, if you are also comfortable Knee Flying as well.


  • You should aim to fly this transition with as much control as possible.
  • Try to imagine an arc of momentum to give you the time necessary to fly through the transition.
  • Begin and end the technique on the same level.


  • Initiate this transition by first going straight up slightly on your belly. Then begin to make the transition from Belly to Knee Fly at the apex of the maneuver. Use the deflection of your arms to start to move backward. As you pass through Knee Flying onto your back, assume a good Back Fly posture and be sure not to release your legs.
  • Once you have begun to build some awareness with this transition you can begin to use more and more of the tunnel. The end goal is to be able to fly full transitions using the entire width of the tunnel.

Check In

  • Did you start and finish the maneuver on the same level?
  • Were you able to use the knee-fly technique to break down the transition?

Visit the individual IBA Skills page to download the full lesson plan and to find additional post-flight evaluation questions and suggestions.

Previous Tutorial: Barrel Roll, Back to Belly HERE

Other IBA Back Fly Tutorials HERE

IBA Dynamic Progression series HERE